Indian Bronze Plaque of Shiva as Virabhadra

 

10824. Indian Bronze Plaque of Shiva as Virabhadra

South India, Ca. 19th century AD

Virabhadra, an incarnation of Shiva, was created after Shiva's wife, Sati, was not invited to a great sacrifice given by her father Daksha. Sati, being greatly humiliated, went to the banquet and threw herself on the sacrificial fire. When Shiva heard of his wife's death, he tore a hair from his head and threw it to the ground. Virabhadra, a great hero-warrior, arose from this hair. He cut off Daksha's head in his rage and hurled it into the sacrificial fire. After the other gods calmed Shiva down, Dakshas head was replaced by that of a goat or in this case, a ram. Daksha later became a devotee of Shiva. Virabhadra is shown in this plaque with four arms in which he holds a sword or staff, a shield and two emblems that might represent a bow and an arrow. He stands beneath an arch topped with a kurtimukha mask finial. Daksha, whose human head was replaced with a rams head, stands on Virabhadras right. Size: 7-1/2 inch H., 4-3/4 inch W. Ex Irwin Hersey, NY Colleciton

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